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Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne) Reviews

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Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 4/5

November 20, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

An odd but charming combination of a number of fairy tales, blended with anachronistically modern touches and mixed up with adult themes disguised in the form of mythic euphemisms.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Donkey Skin is told with the simplicity and beauty of a child's fairy tale, but with emotional undertones and a surrealistic style that adults are more likely to appreciate.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 4/5

July 4, 2005
Christopher Null

If you see just one film with a donkey that craps gold and jewels, see this one.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

June 4, 2005
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy

| Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2005
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

There's plenty of disguised sex in Donkey Skin.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 9, 2005
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

There's plenty of disguised sex in Donkey Skin.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 9, 2005
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[B]ursts with wild colors, a simmering sexuality, and a Broadway-style score... this is a sumptuous experience, emotionally, visually, and aurally...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

April 5, 2005
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's both innocent and bizarre, with a mischievous sense of fantasy marked by simple but striking cinematic magic.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B+

February 10, 2005
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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Even if the restoration doesn't make Donkey Skin this New Wave icon's best effort, it's now that much more worthy of keeping company with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 14, 2005
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Tuneful, colorful, delightful.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 4/4

January 6, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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An ironically enchanting entertainment for grown-ups.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 23, 2004
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Demy loved romantic naïveté, but he loved the wreckage of human whim just as much, and for him this chestnut harbored both in its shell.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 21, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Demy creates a surreal dream world that is estranged from the reality of time or place.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

March 29, 2004
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2002
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Even on paper this couldn't have seemed such a terrific idea.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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It doesn't come off, despite a dazzling color design and imaginative sets, perhaps because Demy's extremely rarefied talent for fantasy needs to be anchored by a touch of the real.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000

Boston Phoenix
March 2, 2005
Fiona A. Villella
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2001
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